O Lord our God, even this material we have gathered to build a Temple to honour your holy name comes from you! It all belongs to you! (1 Chronicles 29:16)


Almost a year ago, I read this passage in my NIV Bible In One Year. I was sitting in the garden of our new house, reading my daily passages next to my wife who was eight months pregnant with our daughter. We were in the garden because that day, four builders were laying a new floor in our attic and installing lighting and an easy access trap door. As I read these verses I was struck by the thought that I should write verse 16 (above) on one of the new floor joists and ask the builders to mark where it was under the new floor just so I could know where it was. It is a totally invisible piece of graffiti buried from the start beneath a floating floor in the attic of a house I no longer live in. It will never be seen again by anyone, unless, by some change it is uncovered during future works or final demolition. But as I write this, sitting in my attic flat, separated from my wife and daughter, several streets away, I am not bitter. I am simply glad that we honoured God in the first piece of major home improvement we did in our new home.


1 Chronicles 29:12-18 NLT

Wealth and honour come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace. “O Lord our God, even this material we have gathered to build a Temple to honour your holy name comes from you! It all belongs to you! I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously. “O Lord, the God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, make your people always want to obey you. See to it that their love for you never changes.


David offered this great prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord, for the vast haul of the finest materials gathered by himself and all the people. His son, Solomon, would be able to build the most magnificent temple possible and David was in awe of his God’s astonishingly generous provision. My goal is to always focus on the richness of the Lord’s blessings and not become caught up with the things I do not have or the things I may have lost or I feel have been taken from me. The Lord has blessed me so much more than he has punished me and for that I want to remain eternally grateful. The Lord has shown me that it is good to obey him and I, too, hope that he sees to it that my love for him never changes.

Today’s readings:

1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30, Romans 5:6-21, Psalms 15: 1-5, Proverbs 19:18-19


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